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243. win for varmints and coyotes!

 
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Old 04-11-2010, 06:55 PM
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243. win for varmints and coyotes!

One of my last posts was asking info for a varmint rifle. I was debating between the 204. Ruger and the 22-250 Remington. I am really interested in the 204. Ruger but i don think it is the caliber for me. I was talking to my hunting buddy's brother and he use to shoot a 243. win Parker Hale topped with a 6-24x scope which he used on ground hogs and coyotes. He was capable of reaching ranges past his 22-250 due to better resistance against wind, and had hard down range power and was just as flat if not flatter.

he strongly suggest it. I am now in debate between the 243. win and the 22-250. win. It would be used on mainly coyotes, varmints, pests, and long range plinking. if i got the 243. win i would use it on whitetail or pronghorn as well. I currently own a 7mm rem mag and a 300. wsm and i dont know if i need a 243. win or just stick with the 22-250.

I reload so im not worried about pricing. If i were to get the 22-250 it would probably be a Remington model 700 VS SF II and then i was looking at the Tikka T3 Laminated Stainless 243. win.
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Old 04-12-2010, 12:51 AM
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Re: 243. win for varmints and coyotes!

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One of my last posts was asking info for a varmint rifle. I was debating between the 204. Ruger and the 22-250 Remington. I am really interested in the 204. Ruger but i don think it is the caliber for me. I was talking to my hunting buddy's brother and he use to shoot a 243. win Parker Hale topped with a 6-24x scope which he used on ground hogs and coyotes. He was capable of reaching ranges past his 22-250 due to better resistance against wind, and had hard down range power and was just as flat if not flatter.

he strongly suggest it. I am now in debate between the 243. win and the 22-250. win. It would be used on mainly coyotes, varmints, pests, and long range plinking. if i got the 243. win i would use it on whitetail or pronghorn as well. I currently own a 7mm rem mag and a 300. wsm and i dont know if i need a 243. win or just stick with the 22-250.

I reload so im not worried about pricing. If i were to get the 22-250 it would probably be a Remington model 700 VS SF II and then i was looking at the Tikka T3 Laminated Stainless 243. win.
243 is more accurate then a 22-250. Plus you could open up the chamber to 243 AI.
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Old 04-13-2010, 02:36 AM
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Re: 243. win for varmints and coyotes!

I was also looking at the 204 Ruger but decided to get the 243. There was an article about the .243 in a popular magazine a couple of monthes ago about its wind defying ablilities. 204 Ruger is good on a wind less day but what if the wind picks up? Then you have to hold off how much? I have been using 70 gr pills for my .243 and could not be happier. Just point an square your crosshairs on the target, dead animal! Plus you can use it for deer and antelope! You also have longer range with more knockdown power at those ranges. The .243 also outperforms a 22-250 with a 55gr pill at all ranges! In my humble opinion.
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Old 04-13-2010, 05:15 AM
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Re: 243. win for varmints and coyotes!

I've got one of each caliber you're considering. A Savage in 204, a CZ in 22-250 and a Sako in 243.

The 204 is great for woodchucks, fox etc but is iffy on Coyotes with most bullets except Bergers. It's also iffy in windy conditions with light bullets. In my experience 204s can be a bit finicky about bullets and powder and take a bit of experimenting and tuning to shoot as well as other calibers. The good thing about the 204 is the low recoil and noise and it's cheap to reload.

I think the 22-250 is a better predator caliber than the 204. It anchors Coyotes better and bucks the wind better but has much more noise than the 204.

My 243 beats both in accuracy and killing power and if I had to choose only caliber for all varmint/predator hunting it would be the 243 using 70 Nosler or Sierra bullets.
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:59 AM
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Re: 243. win for varmints and coyotes!

Good to hear others like the 70 gr Nosler & Sierra BT. I'm well stocked . I am anxious to try Buger 95 gr VLD in my Rem 700 varmint.
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:26 PM
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Re: 243. win for varmints and coyotes!

matt,
First off I have had several rifles in both the .22-250 and .243. One is just as accurate and as flat shooting as the other, with the right weight bullet. I currently own a .243 WIn 70 HVB and love it! The only way I would consider getting another .22-250 would be if it was free, or had a fast twist barrel (1-8 or 1-9"), or the AI version. The 1-14" twist, or even 1-12", just doesn't do this little hot-shot justice and limits you bullet weight selection.
The .243 is very flexible with regards to bullet weights, as long as you stay below 100gns, and 105-107gns in some cases. Most rifles that shoot these heavier pills are set up with faster than factory (1-9.25 & 1-10) twist.
Last year I lived in Va. and started out shooting groundhogs with the .243 65gn V-Max. Shots were pretty routine out to 350-400yds. Any misses were my fault. I kept stepping up the bullet weights and hits got to be more rountine farther and farther away. I ended up shooting the 95gn Ballistic Tip and that is now my choice for deer/varmints/targets. JohnnyK.
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Old 04-14-2010, 05:47 PM
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Re: 243. win for varmints and coyotes!

Neather the .22-250 or the .243 is fur freindly, so it is my guess you are more interested in killing coyotes than collecting fur. If I were hunting for fur I would use the .17 Rem. Of the .243 or 250 I would choose the 243. I have 2 main coyote guns. For up close and personal and hunting with dogs, I carry an AE flat top with a 3 x 9 Leupold. For still hunting where I want to reach out and touch them I carry a .22-6mm. It pushes an 80 gr. 22 cal. bullet at around 3,250 fps., and with a BC over 400 it holds up very well to long range and wind. The thing is if your are looking for a long range rifle for coyotes, the 7 mm mag. is a better round than eather the .243 or the .22-250. The guy I hunt with most often carries a 7 mm mag. for coyotes. I have 3 .204`s all of which shoot the 32 gr. bullets extreemly well, but haveing hit 6 coyotes with 32 gr. Sierra bullets and not getting a one of them, 1 of them being knocked down 3 times and 1 being ran over with my pick-up after being shot, I will not carry eather of the bolt gun, I may carry the AR upper since I can keep on shooting.
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